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From the Author

Scavenger Hunt was originally broken in half and published as two books in the 1970s by Laser Books under the titles "Scavenger Hunt" and "Finish Line" (though it was published in one volume in Germany). The new Parsina Press edition reunites the two halves into a single volume, the way I originally intended it. This version is also updated with new material for modern times. The 1-volume Parsina Press edition should be considered the definitive version.--Stephen Goldin

About the Author

Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin has lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life. He's married to fellow writer Mary Mason, with whom he's collaborated on the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy books. He's lived with cats most of his adult life. His interests include cryptic crossword puzzles, Broadway cast albums, and surrealist art. He served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as the organization's Western Regional Director. He's published more than 30 books, and lots of articles and stories. Learn more about him at his Web site, http://stephengoldin.com. Many of his books and stories can be bought through Parsina Press at http://parsina.com.

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  • File Size: 2518 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Parsina Press (April 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XN04NI
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Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy author who's lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life. He's published more than 40 books, and lots of articles and stories.

His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky, with whom he co-wrote the first edition of the highly acclaimed nonfiction book, THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER. His current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. So far, they have co-authored two books in the beloved "Rehumanization of Jade Darcy" science fiction series about a female space mercenary who, when she doesn't have a convenient war to fight, works as a bouncer at an interspecies bar and grill.

His four-volume epic fantasy, the Parsina Saga, came about because he was bored with fantasies that all seemed to be either based on European mythology or else involved barbarian heroes. Instead he conceived an Arabian Nights-style adventure out of the dreams of his childhood and exciting movies like Ray Harryhausen's "7th Voyage of Sinbad." Genies in bottles and flying carpets are only some of the wonders that await the intrepid reader of SHRINE OF THE DESERT MAGE and the ensuing volumes.

In the mid-1970s he took E.E."Doc" Smith's novella "Imperial Stars" and expanded it to novel length, then wrote nine more original novels of his own to form the classic Family d'Alembert series. In the early 21st century though, unhappy with the way those first versions had become outdated, he wrote an entirely new first novel, TSAR WARS, with an entirely new universe and characters and then rewrote all the remaining novels to comply with it. The result was the completely re-envisioned Agents of ISIS series. While purists may insist on the original books, modern space opera readers have said they prefer the newer series for its better writing, deeper background, more believable (well, slightly) characters, and up-to-date technology. The books of the Agents of ISIS series are also considerably less expensive in ebook format than those of the original series.

His newest book is the fun--and funny--QUIET POST, set in a fantasy universe where almost anything can, and does, happen. It's surreal and was great fun to write; we hope it's at least as much fun for people to read!

Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as the organization's Western Regional Director. An atheist, he has lived with cats all his adult life. Artistically, he enjoys Broadway musicals and surrealist art.

Learn more about him at his Web site, http://stephengoldin.com. Many of his books and stories can be bought through Parsina Press at http://parsina.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linell Jeppsen on September 9, 2012
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Wow! Honestly, I could use every exclamatory word in the dictionary, and it wouldn't be a good enough word to describe how excellent this novel is. I picked it up yesterday- just to get a feel for it...read it deep into the midnight hours and kept on reading until it was finished...now, I'm sorry it's over.

In the far, galactic future there is a ruling class of citizen. They are so wealthy, so elite, they've managed to wipe out any ambition whatsoever- why worry about ambition when everything in the universe is already at their fingertips? The only thing that really matters to this jaded "Society" is... The Scavenger Hunt- a hunt so costly, so deadly, it takes place only once every twenty years.

Bred DeVrie has reluctantly entered his spaceship, the Honey B, and his all female crew, into this years scavenger hunt, at the insistence of his spoiled twin sister, Tyla. Tyla is the epitome of high society with all of it's flaws (arrogance, entitlement, pride), but deep inside, she is just a young woman who feels the need to win the hunt for the sake of her family's honor and in memory of her parents, who died twenty years earlier, while competing in the hunt.

It was the hunt itself that took my breath away. Each contestant is tasked with the acquisition of rare and deadly objects from worlds scattered throughout the galaxy. From the dream booths of post apocalyptic, Lethe, to the forests of Ootyoce, the warring planet, Eclipsiascus, to the dragon world, Gondra, our intrepid crew meets each challenge with wit and unsurpassed bravery.

Enter the android, Jonathon, and a ruthless competitor, named Amber Jusser; a fantastically difficult challenge now enters a whole new level of scary...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Jackson King on October 30, 2012
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"Stephen Goldin's scifi adventure novel Scavenger Hunt is one hell of a ride in adventure land! It takes Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous and transports it from star to star as the super-rich seek to collect rare items they need in order to win their society's creme de la creme event, the Scavenger Hunt. All else takes second place to winning, including morality, ethics, dealing with aliens, and intentionally trying to kill your opponents. That is, until Tyla de Vrie and her brother Brad enter the contest with a tough ship, an all-woman crew that loves to get laid, and a determination to redeem the death of their parents. But money is not everything, as they all come to realize when an android--a biological duplicate of normal humans--joins their crew. Johnathan the android turns out to be the joker in the deck of remarkable characters aboard the starship Honey B. The nasties are there of course, and well done they are. But the surprises of alien life found during the multiple stops of the Hunt are wonderfully developed, the alien cultures are distinct, and the high society's fixation on appearances and looks is delightfully punctured. While Tyla and Brad may be trillionaires, they don't act like super-rich folks. They act like people who can be conflicted, who need love, and who need a better reason to live than just to win a stupid contest. Goldin's Hunt reminds us of how hard the journey to discovering one's humanity can be, and how rewarding the eventual discovery can be. Outstanding story told wonderfully well."
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By GREGG on October 1, 2014
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The book started out a little different then what I'm used too but after I awhile I really started to get into it and it was a pretty good read.
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